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The female ascent to the top, on screen and stump

"Ah, women," doesn't quite have the resonance or ancient history of "amen," but if women had been as dominant in Biblical times as they are today, that might be how we would close our prayers today, though the word is derived from the ancient Greek meaning "truth" and has nothing to do with gender or even sex. Today, we're bombarded with changing images of women in the pop culture as well as in the larger culture, tracing a wide arc in politics and in both bedroom and boardroom.

Touring the magic that is map-making

Thomas Reinertsen Berg's "Theater of the World: The Maps that Made History" needs a roadmap, so to speak. This book is a meandering stroll through the history of mapmaking, always keeping the guiding star of Norway in sight. It covers maps from Prehistory to Google Earth. Why it makes camp at such an eclectic array of historical landmarks between those two points, perhaps only the author can know.

Illustration on the continuing Israeli/Arab peace talks by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

An Arab-Israeli talk-fest for peace

In Warsaw last week, the Trump administration convened a conference on peace and security in the Middle East. The two-day ministerial did not change the world. But it did highlight significant ways in which the world has changed.

Popemobile Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

What is in the pope's hand?

Pope Francis is increasingly showing his hand. He came into the papacy promising to clean up the church, especially on matters of sexual abuse. In doing so, he raised hopes among the laity, especially in America and Latin America. He said all the right things or at least many of the right things. He traveled the world. Now it is increasingly obvious that he means none of it.

Illustration on the "nuclear option" in the Senate by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

How a 'nuclear option' returned power to Republicans

- The Washington Times

The dinner I was enjoying with a senior Republican senator back in 2013 kept being interrupted as his cellphone chimed and he was forced to step away from the table to take the call from one or another of his colleagues.

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Delay and dictatorship in Venezuela

In the film noir classic "Memento," the protagonist suffers from the inability to form long-term memories, and so he is condemned to a purgatory in which he can only remember what has happened to him in the past few minutes. The public discussion of the ongoing disaster in Venezuela suffers from a similar pathology. Because of a general lack of attention to and interest in Latin America, the coverage of Venezuela cycles through three phases.

President Lyndon Johnson signing the 1964 Civil Rights Act at the White House with key Senate allies Everett Dirksen (R-Ill.), standing at left, and Hubert Humphrey (D-Minn.), standing behind Johnson. (AP Photo, File)

When antagonists of old interfered

Are American politics an irresistible target for Russian interference? As special counsel Robert M. Muller III winds down his investigation, the question of possible election meddling in 2016 — direct or indirect — remains unresolved. But history suggests that such an attempt would not be the first such effort by Moscow.

Forging a strategic ploy

There seems to be a general consensus among establishment politicians — Democrat and Republican — as well as the chattering class in the media that Donald Trump is crazy for declaring a national emergency over the congressional failure to fully fund his wall. I agree that he is crazy; crazy like a fox. The happy dancing among Democrats and the hand wringing among conservative Republicans is wildly premature.

Returning from the Army to incomprehensible violence

"When Sergeant Isaac Woodard stepped onto the Greyhound bus in Augusta, Georgia on the evening of February 12, 1946, he did not set out to be a hero or martyr for the cause of civil rights. When a white bus driver cursed him in response to his request to step off the bus to relieve himself, Woodard demanded to be treated with respect, boldly declaring, "I am a man, just like you." Although he was still wearing his nation's uniform, Woodard had crossed the line for acceptable conduct by a black man. The response to this transgression was unforgiving: removal from the bus, arrest, and a severe beating on the way to the jail [which] left Mr. Woodard blinded."

China's duplicitous call for 'arms race' controls on A.I.

- The Washington Times

China, according to a report from the Center for a New American Security, is warning that global controls and international agreements on artificial intelligence are needed, or else a technological "arms race" will soon enough lead to world war. America shouldn't be fooled. This is the same China that demands countries "pay their debts" on climate change, all the while bucking controls on its own production.

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